Fixture: San Antonio Spurs vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date & Time: Friday November 29, 2019, 8:30 PM EST (Saturday, 1:30 GMT)
Venue: AT&T Center, San Antonio
A chance to extend their winning run to eight consecutive games awaits the Los Angeles Clippers as they travel to San Antonio to take on the Spurs on Friday evening.
After an up and down start to the season, nine wins in their last 11 games has placed them third in the Western Conference and second in the Pacific division behind their local rivals Los Angeles Lakers.
On the other hand, the Spurs have lost nine of their last ten games and are on an unwanted run of five consecutive home defeats.
After an encouraging 4-1 start to the season, the Spurs’ chances of making the play-offs have become bleak, as they are placed 11th in the Western Conference with a win-loss record of 6-11.
Leonard, who is averaging 25.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.4 assists in the season so far, will be key for the Clippers, along with Paul George. George had missed the start of the season with a shoulder injury, but he has looked home almost from the moment he made his return. The former Oklahoma City Thunder man is averaging 24.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4 assists in the season so far.
As for the Spurs, LeMarcus Aldridge has been one of the few positives in the season so far. He is averaging 18.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. He was also the highest scorer in the Spurs’ last game against Minnesota Timberwolves.
San Antonio Spurs-
Injuries: Chimeze Metu (foot)- day-to-day
Predicted starting line up: DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge, Jakob Poeltl, Bryn Forbes, Derrick White
Los Angeles Clippers-
Injuries: Rodney McGruder (hamstring)- day-to-day, Amir Coffey (ankle)- day-to-day, Landry Shamet (ankle)- Out
Predicted starting line up: Kawhi Leonard, Maurice Harkless, Ivica Zubac, Paul George, Patrick Beverley
A star studded Clippers will undoubtedly be the favorites on Friday. Apart from the duo of Leonard and George, there are players like Montrezl Harrel and Lou Williams coming off the bench that can hurt you. Patrick Beverley has also excelled in the season so far. Spurs will have to be wary about the Clippers and will need to put up their best to stand a chance in the game.